Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: October 13, 2011 5:26 pm

VIDEO: LeBron James to the NFL, 'Madden' style

Posted by Will Brinson

In these desperate NBA times, we've seen a superstar like LeBron James discuss jumping to the NFL. While the league wouldn't comment on it when we asked them, and while it's unlikely that 'Bron actually ever makes that jump (for any number of reasons, really), Pete Carroll is courting him to Seattle pretty, pretty hard these days.

And it got me wondering what exactly LeBron would look like in the NFL. So, in an attempt to really make Mrs. Brinson think I'm a dork find out, I fired up Madden 12, created a LeBron James character for the Cleveland Browns and played a game. No, seriously: there's video proof below.

But first, a couple pieces of information that are helpful. One, I edited the video. Duh. (You don't want to watch me playing Madden for 20 minutes, even with LeBron.) Two, I put him on Cleveland because I wanted to deal with an average quarterback. And also, Cleveland deserves something. Three, I started out on "Pro" level, but cranked it up to "All-Madden" after the first series. Four, LeBron rates out, based on the characteristics I gave him (see below), to an 83 as a tight end, a 71 as a wide receiver and a 74 as a fullback. Five, he would be a LOT higher, except his route running is shoddy as is his pass- and run-blocking footwork.

Six, he is a beast.

OK, so you probably want to know how we got here. Well, for starters, I brought in Eye on Basketball's Matt Moore to persuade me that LeBron's better than I believed on the football field. That bought the king a pile of points, as Moore's substantially more in love with his ability to transition to the NFL than I am.

The result of inputting the various particulars made LeBron the 10th best tight end in the NFL. Which is pretty ridiculous considering he has no practice on anything.

Here are the full characteristics I plugged in, and I'm totally willing to concede that some stuff is off; if you've got beef with a rating leave it in the comments or holler at me on Twitter @WillBrinson. Trucking, for instance, could be higher. And catching could be lower. (See Moore's influence above.)

Strength: 90
Agility: 88
Speed: 91
Acceleration: 93
Awareness: 65
Catching: 90
Carrying: 70
Pass blocking: 50
Run blocking: 50
Jumping; 99
Trucking: 77
Elusiveness: 85
Stiff arm: 79
Spin move: 85
Juke move: 90
Impact blocking: 65
Run block strength: 85
Run block footwork: 50
Pass block strength: 85
Pass block footwork: 50
Spectacular Catch: 90
Catch in Traffic: 85
Route Running: 55
Release: 55
Injury: 85
Stamina: 90
Toughness: 65

Ed. Note: Here's the YouTube for anyone having trouble with the vid above.

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Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 11:39 am

LeBron James jokes about jumping to the NFL

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE: We spent all of Wednesday night creating LeBron in Madden, playing with him and recording it. Watch the video here.

The NBA is in a state of lockout sadness that never hit the NFL -- the first two weeks of the NBA season were cancelled by David Stern and no one knows what to do. Well, other than watch football in the mean time. Or, if you're LeBron James, maybe play football.

James hopped on Twitter Tuesday and created quite a stir in discussing the possibility when he asked John Clayton of ESPN when the deadline to sign free agents was.

Pete Carroll then made jokes about how much James would make as an undrafted rookie free agent (it's not much!). LeBron then pointed out that it's more than he makes.

This is true. It's also true that every single NFL team would KILL to get LeBron on their team right now. Not only is he a 6'8", 250-pound athletic freak with great hands, but he would crank the value of that team's tickets through the roof, and merchandise sales would be absurd.

Where would he play? My choice would be tight end, because he's like a lovechild of Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, but with better jumping ability and experience playing football. Or something.

He'd be special. It would be fun to watch. But it's probably not happening -- there's like a semi-reasonable chance that LeBron could suffer a career-ending injury playing for a non-guaranteed contract in football, which would likely nullify his current contract with the Heat. And that's just bad business.

There's also the issue of whether the NFL would let him play, as that might be a bit touchy with their compatriots at the NBA. We reached out to get a comment from the league but they hadn't responded at the time of this posting.

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